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BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY
Che Hiverside Press, Cambridge

1902

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COPYRIGHT 1902 BY JOHN BURROUGHS

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published December, 1902

LITERARY VALUES

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LITERARY VALUES

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THE day inevitably comes to every writer when

he must take his place amid the silent throngs of the past, when no new work from his pen can call attention to him afresh, when the partiality of his friends no longer counts, when his friends and admirers are themselves gathered to the same silent throng, and the spirit of the day in which he wrote has given place to the spirit of another and a different day. How, oh, how will it fare with him then How is it going to fare with Lowell and Longfellow and Whittier and Emerson and all the rest of them ? How has it fared with so many names in the past, that were, in their own day, on all men's tongues ? Of the names just mentioned, Whittier and Emerson shared more in a particular movement of thought and morals of the times in which they lived than did the other two, and to that extent are they in danger of dropping out and losing their vogue. Both had a significance to their own day and genera

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